Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert have MRIs


Anybody remember 2005? The Panther campaign where every running back we had got hurt at one time or another? DeShaun Foster went down. Stephen Davis went to IR even though he probably could have kept playing. We were making things work with Nick Goings, who was taken out in the first quarter of our playoff game against Seattle. That meant that the Panthers tried to win a NFC Championship with Jamal Robertson as our primary runner. Guess what, it didn’t work.

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This year seems to be leaning toward 2005 levels of running back craziness. Jonathan Stewart was out during parts of training camp and week 1 against Tampa Bay. He came back only for DeAngelo Williams to go down with an injury. Fozzy Whittaker, who had a fine preseason, also got an injury and has been out. That was fun enough right there.

However it gets more fun. During the Pittsburgh Steelers loss, both Stewart (knee) and fullback Mike Tolbert (leg) left the field early. Both were due to have MRIs today, and the three letters M,R, and I are not words letters you want to see. Unless you are in Russia, where Mir is a village or a former space station.

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    No offense to Reeves, but the Panthers need for the MRIs on Stewart and Tolbert to come back negative. Otherwise we are just spitballing on offense.